Important Alerts

Financial Aid FAQ (Spring 2021)

Following the University's announcement of its plan for spring 2021, the Financial Aid Office has prepared a resource that answers common questions about the financial aid, billing, and student employment implications of the plan. Please view this resource to learn more.

Financial Aid Mail Processing

The Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid and Student Employment (UFA) is currently unable to send or receive U.S. mail. To update your financial aid application, please upload materials to your secure financial aid portal; secure fax to our office at 609-258-0336; or email to pfaa@princeton.edu (if you are an applicant to the class of 2025) or faoffice@princeton.edu (if you are a currently enrolled student).

Federal Work-Study: Information for Employers

Federal Work-Study subsidizes wages for eligible students employed by the University.  In most cases, hiring departments on campus are reimbursed for all or a portion of wages paid to FWS-eligible students during the academic year.

As a reminder, all student jobs (including FWS positions) must be registered in the Student Employment Portal

The Federal Work-Study Reimbursement Period

For 2020-21, the Federal Work-Study wage reimbursement schedule is as follows:

  • Beginning of FWS Year:     August 24, 2020 
  • End of FWS Year:                May 16, 2021  

Student work performed after May 16, 2021 will not be eligible for wage reimbursement.

Hiring Tips and Award Limits

Supervisors can see if students are eligibe for FWS by looking at the "Work Study Indicator" checkmark when they click "Maintain Time Reporter Tasks" in  Time Management

Federal Work-Study students are limited to earning the amount reflected in their financial aid award.   The Student Employment Office will notify students who approach their earnings limit and work with them to increase the cap when possible. 

If a student meets the earnings limit and our office is unable to increase it, we will notify both the student and employing department.  The  department must then decide whether to continue to employ the student (paying them from departmental funds), or to terminate the position.

If you have questions about a student’s eligibility or amount of Federal Work-Study they have, please reach out to the Student Employment team via phone or email.